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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..22 June 2012

The miserable weather continues in Adelaide, I certainly hope our reservoirs are full after this, although I daresay it will take even more rain  before that is achieved. If there is one thing I have learnt in this life it is that you really can’t have too much water, as much as I feel for the flood victims, even the floods do some good somewhere.

Today was good writing weather so I spent some more time on my book but I still have a very long way to go. It has been quite a few weeks since I  put pen to paper so to speak, I have realised I have to be in the mood to write.

I got a nasty surprise in the mail today, a speeding fine. It appears that after I had my second job interview, in the euphoria of the moment, I was careless and went slightly too fast through an underpass. As our cars are in joint names and Lynch comes before Mitchell, it came in Brian’s name so now we need to change it to me.

I have also made a decision to change superannuation funds, as the fund I am with charges phenomenal fees, so I am moving to another fund with half the fees. At my age I cannot afford for my super to continue going backwards and as I have been unemployed I have a lot of ground to make up. My super also took a hit from which it has not recovered when we had our businesses.

For some reason I have not been sleeping well lately and as I have a very busy day tomorrow I think I should hit the sack and grab some shut-eye.

Before I go a quote from The Secret, “Believing involves acting, speaking, and thinking as though you have already received what you have asked for. When you emit the frequency of having received it, the law of attraction moves people, events, and circumstances for you to receive”. Thank you.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..21 June 2012

What miserable weather we have had in Adelaide today, it has rained virtually all day. Sitting here typing I can still hear the wind howling outside and it is still raining. Not that we should be complaining as until recently we have been in a drought and we need this rain to fill our reservoirs. Brian and I know only too well what a drought can do to small business owners, particularly in a rural environment reliant on tourism.

Some good news today, Ryan’s fiancée Melissa has a job at last, only a few hours but there is a promise of more to come, it is about time as these two deserve a break.

Thursday night television, is it just me or is it a load of absolute rubbish. Hamish and Andy‘s Euro Gap Year, Politically Incorrect Parenting, it just gets worse as everything else is a repeat, how many times do I have to say I am over repeats. If it hadn’t been for The Block the night would have been a complete waste, I think I need a hobby.

It is now a little over a week until the reunion with a group of friends that used to hang out as teenagers, we are now all over 50. To say I am looking forward to seeing these people is an understatement, some of them I have not seen for over 30 years.

I am really tired tonight, last night was one of the worst nights sleep I have had in ages, Brian did not sleep well either.

Before I go a quote from The Secret, “Asking the Universe for what you want is your opportunity to get clear about what you want. As you get clear in your mind, you have asked”. Thank you.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..20 June 2012

Lots of birds in the back yard today, one was even “playing” with a ball that my grandchildren play with. Watching birds in your own yard is a lovely feeling, there also seems to be a pecking order if you will excuse the pun, as the smaller birds stood back until the bigger birds had finished feeding on the bread I gave them.

Tonight’s television viewing has been very diverse, we started with The Block which is now heading towards its final episode. Yet again Dani has upset everyone and the way she treats her partner Dan is deplorable, I can’t see that relationship lasting much longer than the show.

It was then onto Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve, I was shocked to see the state of the Somali people and their capital Mogadishu. This is the most dangerous spot on the planet and the Somalis are suspected of collaborating with al Qaeda and allowing them to train their fighters there. The plight of the local population is just plain sad and the I think the world needs to sit up and take notice. These poor souls live with famine, drought and civil war, there appears to be no respect for humanity.

For something a little different East to West which was all about the rise of the Ottoman Empire tonight. It appears the Ottomans were not as violent as most people would think, and while towards the end of the empire they may have been rife with corruption that does not seem to have been the case during the early history of the empire.

I finished with How Clean Is Your House, and I just cannot believe how some people live, the people tonight were just, well I suppose I shouldn’t judge them, suffice to say the home was not fit for anyone or anything.

As I sit here I can hear the dulcet tones of Brian snoring, not sure how I am expected to fall asleep tonight.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..19 June 2012

The sun has been shining most of the day yet it is still so cold the washing on the line isn’t drying, I may have to put everything in the clothes dryer. At least I was able to go for a walk today which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I have some stale bread which I was about to throw out today when I remembered that we have had a lot of birds in the back yard of late so I decided to throw it outside and see what happens. You guessed it, I will be throwing more out tomorrow, the birds loved it.

I am felling quite invigorated at the moment, I don’t know whether the planets are in alignment but everything seems to be falling into place at last. I am feeling more relaxed, more content, I feel like I have control of my life back.

Tonight I cooked a delicious stir fry, a little bit of this and a little bit of that and it tasted lovely, the combination of sauces I used was nice, the vegetables were crunchy, and we both enjoyed it. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for dessert, oh well, you win some and you lose some.

It looks like Big Brother is about to hit the small screen again, and the one person I know that can’t stand reality TV shows is actually looking forward to it. Just when I thought I had Brian figured out he throws me a curve ball. Life with Brian is rarely dull, sometimes I yearn for dull 🙂

To finish, a quote from The Secret, “Like Aladdin‘s Genie, the law of attraction grants our every command. The Creative Process helps you create what you want in three simple steps: ask, believe, and receive”. Thank you.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..18 June 2012

Now that I know I have a job you would think I could relax and enjoy the next couple of weeks but there is just no pleasing some people, all I want to do now is work, I am so bored.

I spoke to Dad today as settlement on the sale of his home is 29 June and he is busy getting ready for the garage sale to end all garage sales this weekend. On Saturday I have a removalist picking up his pianola which will then become mine, it is a beautiful piece of furniture that has been in my family for nearly seventy years and will now remain so.

Tonight’s episode of Revenge was another good one, all the pieces are now coming together, looking forward to next week.

I am doing really well with my AFL tipping this year, 5 out of 6 last week, not bad for someone who has never played a game of sport in their life.

I was up quite early this morning as my youngest son Wade needed a lift to work, it was cold, raining and miserable but like a good father I did as I was asked, I had forgotten just how bad the traffic is in the morning.

I must call the local council tomorrow as I have seen an advertisement that does not sit well with me. A local business has a placard on their fence with a contact number for the eradication of pigeons, those who have known me for a long time will know I have an affinity with pigeons, therefore I think this unwarranted and cruel. In fact I think that during my retirement, whenever that may be, I will go back to pigeon racing, it will keep me active and get me out of the house. Fingers crossed I will not have to wait that long, perhaps only until we buy our next home.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..17 June 2012

We had a house full for lunch today, the whole family was here except Bailey as he was playing football. Other than seeing my sons and their partners, and playing with my grandchildren, what did I enjoy the most about today, Kane and Kristin did everything and I was able to just relax and enjoy myself, other than the crappy nappy I changed.

Jayden loved his birthday presents and had a great time playing with his cousins. All the kids were good, no fights, no tears, no tantrums, just 7 very tired children by the time they went home, and two very tired grandfathers.

Caitlin informed us she would like a laptop for her next birthday. I told Kristin that if she and Kane were happy for her to have one that we would chip in with them to buy it, it is a bit too much for us when you have to be fair to all the grandchildren.

The Dancing With The Stars finale was real entertainment tonight and I was so pleased to see Johnny Ruffo take out the trophy. Johnny is very charismatic and cheeky and I am sure he will go a long way with his career.

Olivia Newton-John was a guest artist and while she cannot hit the high notes like she used to, she is still a real professional. The work she does with cancer research is to be applauded and it was nice to see her support Kerri-Anne Kennerley at the moment. Kerri-Anne definitely has the right attitude, my thoughts are with her.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..16 May 2012

Brian and I had dinner tonight at the Bartley Tavern with a friend of his from Robertstown. I made the mistake of ordering something I thought I would like only to be disappointed. I don’t think there was anything wrong with the food as such, it was just not to my taste.

Today has been quite a boring day, I read through The Advertiser this morning, nothing very inspiring there, and television this afternoon and tonight was even less inspiring. Brian spent most of the afternoon asleep on the couch while I watched videos about pigeon racing on the internet, the highlight of my day.

The whole family will be here tomorrow to celebrate Jayden’s 5th birthday so tomorrow should be a better day.

Nothing left but to put this day behind me and go to bed.